Kamel Ben Naceur
Kamel Ben Naceur is the Chairman of DAMORPHE, and an Executive Director of DAMORPHE, its affiliates and its SBUs.
He is also the 2022 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Ben Naceur has more than 40 years of experience in the global energy sector. He is one of the only individuals in the world to hold degrees from two of France’s top educational institutions, the École Polytechnique and the École Normale Supérieure.
After finishing his education in 1979, Ben Naceur joined the prestigious École des Mines in Paris as a research engineer. In 1981 he joined the research and development division of the energy multinational Schlumberger, where he took charge of developing several key technologies in the upstream sector. He then moved to management roles in Africa, North and South America, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East and North Africa in the oil and gas sectors. In 2004, he started with Schlumberger the first business unit developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) prospects, working extensively with regulators and policy makers.
In 2009, Ben Naceur became the Chief Economist at Schlumberger in Paris, responsible for the strategic outlook of the world’s largest oil and gas services company. In 2011, he was named President of Schlumberger’s technology operation in Rio de Janeiro, handling challenging technology and solutions development for the offshore sectors, especially deep-water/pre-salt exploration, and other South America-specific issues.
Ben Naceur is a national of both France and Tunisia. In 2014, he became Tunisia’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines in a government tasked to lead the country’s first fully democratic elections and to restore its economic fundamentals. During his tenure, he implemented new policies for energy subsidies rationalization, as well as having a law passed on renewable energy development, including wind and solar PV. Following his government service, he returned to Schlumberger as Senior Advisor and Vice President for Technology, based in Paris.
Prior to taking the Chief Economist position with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in 2017, Ben Naceur was the Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where his teams led the Agency’s Energy Technology Perspectives and the World Energy Outlook, as well as roadmaps for sustainable energy systems, ahead of the Paris Conference of Parties, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Ben Naceur has served on several boards of international businesses and organizations, and he has received numerous medals and recognitions. He is the co-author of 19 books and more than 160 articles.